Synopses & Reviews
From dailies, to specialized monthlies and quarterlies, to online journals, there are now more venues for disseminating information than ever before--all of them in need of qualified reporters. Written for a new generation of journalists, this handbook schools readers in the art and science of reporting as practiced at the world's largest and oldest news service. Written by an ace reporter with over 20 years on the job, it provides expert guidance and all the tools needed to successfully investigate and report on newsworthy events, locally, nationally, and internationally, including traditional pencil-and-paper technique as well as cutting-edge computer-assisted reporting technologies. Throughout, the book is enriched by insightful tips and anecdotes from veteran AP reporters such as trial writer Linda Deutsch, national writer and Pulitzer winner Charles J. Hanley, special correspondent Mort Rosenblum, space writer Marcia Dunn, and others.
About the Author
Jerry Schwartz is a national writer and editor for the Associated Press, and a veteran journalist with more than 20 years' experience working in the news service's New York headquarters. He has worked as special assignment editor, directing operations of feature writers across the country. He has covered the courts, including the trial of subway avenger Bernhard Goetz; supervised election-night coverage of state and local elections; and traveled with the Pope. He worked on the AP's special desk established to cover the Persian Gulf War and directed international coverage of the Y2K phenomenon. He has also taught feature writing at New York University and copyediting for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Schwartz lives in Westfield, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Today's Media: A Look at the Scope of Communications Media from Traditional Newspapers and Broadcast to the Internet.
Chapter 2: Media Careers: An Overview of the Kinds of Reporting Jobs Available in Various Media.
Chapter 3: The Fundamentals of News: What is News?
Chapter 4: Gathering the Information: All the Techniques Including Using the Internet for Research.
Chapter 5: Interviewing Techniques.
Chapter 6: Organizing the Material.
Chapter 7: The Lead.
Chapter 8: Feature Writing.
Chapter 9: Investigative Reporting.